Daily Archives: June 30, 2016

Fescue toxicosis can lead to summer slump

Fescue toxicosis can lead to summer slump

Aimee Nielson

University of Kentucky

Tall fescue is a popular grass for Kentucky pastures for many reasons—it is hardy and tolerates drought, has a root system that aids in controlling erosion and can stand up to heavy grazing. Farmers can even stockpile it for winter grazing.

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Cloned calves carcass results unwrapped

Cloned calves carcass results unwrapped

Steve Cornett

Bovine Veterinarian

West Texas A&M University unwrapped the carcass results on some of the progeny of their cloned calves Wednesday—and they had some impressive news to report. Impressive like 100% Yield Grade 2 or better and 86% Choice and 14% prime. Pretty nice average, that. At the moment Tyson’s grid would have awarded each cwt of those animals $24 for the prime, $8 for the Certified Angus Beef certification, $6.50 for the YG1 and $2.50 for the YG2.

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Forage Monitoring Stick Helps Producers Keep Pastures Healthy

Forage Monitoring Stick Helps Producers Keep Pastures Healthy

Cheryl Anderson

DTN

A simple measuring stick can serve as an important tool in helping livestock producers with successful grazing management by tracking plant utilization. North Dakota State University has developed a grazing monitoring stick that can be a quick, user-friendly tool for measuring and monitoring pastureland and rangelands, according to Fara Brummer, area extension specialist in livestock systems with NDSU Extension.

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Texas A&M’s Ron Gill Talks Tips for Loading and Unloading Cattle

Texas A&M’s Ron Gill Talks Tips for Loading and Unloading Cattle

Oklahoma Farm Report

When it comes to loading and unloading cattle in a stock trailer, Dr. Ron Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist at Texas A&M, says there are several things producers can do to ensure the safety of both the cattle and handlers.

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Focus on cowherd care: Looking ahead to the year 2036

Focus on cowherd care: Looking ahead to the year 2036

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

Who would have thought, five years ago, that cow-calf producers would see calf prices at $275 per hundredweight (cwt.) at the same time that oil was priced at $30 per barrel? It’s evidence that no one can predict the future.

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Sustainable beef? U.S. has most environmentally friendly livestock industry in the world

Sustainable beef? U.S. has most environmentally friendly livestock industry in the world

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Frank Mitloehner, an animal science and air quality specialist at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) will show you two pictures from either side of a California fence. There are 40 acres on one side occupied by a third-generation dairy with 1,000 cows. On the other are 40 acres occupied by a 5-year-old residential development with 1,000 homes.

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Purdue ag economists assess possible impact of ‘Brexit’ on U.S., Indiana trade

Purdue ag economists assess possible impact of ‘Brexit’ on U.S., Indiana trade

Keith Robinson

Ag Answers

Britain’s departure from the European Union would have little direct effect on U.S. agricultural trade but could slow Indiana’s economic growth tied to manufacturing, Purdue University agricultural economists say.

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Cattle producers should be aware of summer health issues

Cattle producers should be aware of summer health issues

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Warmer summer temperatures does not mean cattle can’t get viruses or diseases that can cause major health problems. Cattle producers should continue to check herds even after the bulls are turned out.

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Chris Stephens Joins Angus Foundation

Chris Stephens Joins Angus Foundation

Oklahoma State alum will serve as assistant director of development. Wesson, Miss., native Chris Stephens will join the Angus Foundation as its new assistant director of development on July 1. In his new position, Stephens will assist the Angus Foundation in fundraising to help achieve the organization’s mission of advancing education, youth and research for the Angus breed and American Angus Association® members.

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Dairy cows larger portion of beef supply

Dairy cows larger portion of beef supply

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield AG Network

A livestock marketing specialist says dairy cows have made up a larger portion of the cattle supply the last two years because of lower beef inventories. Darrell Peel with Oklahoma State University tells Brownfield dairy cattle entered the beef market at much larger rate in 2014 and 2015.  “The beef side has been smaller, animal numbers have been down, and so the relative role of dairy has been bigger.”

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